Friday, 01 July 2011 14:58
Landrieu Appoints New Deputy Mayor Of New Orleans, Michelle Thomas
Written by 

Mitch LandrieuToday, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that Michelle L. Thomas will serve as Deputy Mayor of Operations.  Thomas, who as Mayor Cory Booker’s Business Administrator served as the highest ranking non-elected official in Newark city government, became recognized as a leader who steered Newark, New Jersey’s budget through the worst economic crisis in that city’s modern history.  She is credited with cutting the city’s deficit by $107 million and securing more than $350 million in federal stimulus grants for the city. Most recently, Thomas served as a federal grants consultant at Washington, DC-based government affairs firm The Ferguson Group, LLC.

“I could not be happier to have such an experienced and well-respected individual like Michelle join our team,” said Mayor Landrieu.  “I have full confidence not only in her personal abilities, but in her ability to inspire those working with and for her in the various departments at City Hall to move our city forward. Her experience in helping Mayor Booker turn around Newark’s government will be nothing but an asset as we continue to transform the way our city government operates.”

In this new capacity, Ms. Thomas will directly oversee the delivery of many vital city services and will focus on improving our organizational effectiveness and efficiency.

“I am honored to be in New Orleans and to join Mayor Landrieu’s team,” said Thomas.  “I have learned how powerful collaboration can be in transforming organizations and communities and I look forward to working with city leadership, employees, and residents as we build on the foundation Mayor Landrieu and this team have laid in his first year in office.”

At The Ferguson Group, Thomas oversaw TFG Grants, the firm’s federal grant advisory practice, and helped clients to strategically pursue federal grant opportunities.

As Business Administrator, Thomas was responsible for the day-to-day operations of Newark municipal government, providing management oversight for water, sewer, transportation, budgets and finance, neighborhood and recreational services, emergency management, public safety, fire and health and human services. She previously served as Director of Innovation and Performance Management for the City of Newark. In that role, Thomas developed a performance management system to improve departmental performance and gave leadership to organizational restructuring efforts. In Newark, one of her significant achievements was the creation of the City’s Non-Emergency Call Center, which enables residents to access a wide range of municipal services.

The City of New Orleans will launch its own AskNOLA! (3-1-1) system later in 2011.

Thomas has held several other positions in government, private and non-profit organizations where she has been devoted to improving operational efficiencies in organizations that primarily serve low-income communities.  She also has experience in higher education administration, having served as assistant to the dean in the School of Continuing Studies at Northwestern University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Afro-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“I am honored to have Michelle join the dedicated team that is leading our city’s transformation right now,” closed Landrieu. “We welcome her to her new home in New Orleans.”

In a departure from previous administrations, Landrieu chose the deputy mayor structure in May 2010 as an innovative way to make government more efficient and responsive. The streamlined structure allows for various department heads to report to the deputy mayor who is in charge of their specific policy or program unit.

YOU CAN COMMENT ON THIS STORY BY USING OUR BAYOUBUZZ FACEBOOKFEATURES.  JUST LOG IN WITH THE BLUE FACEBOOK LOGIN ABOVE AND TO YOUR LEFT. WATCH THE MOVIE FOR MORE INFORMATION

Facebook Login

Bayoubuzz Newsletter - Sign Up Below


Louisiana legislature
Scroll Down To Update Content

Login to post comments
Powered By JFBConnect
  • Edwards gets Graves challenge on Louisiana flood relief money
  • Gov. Edwards's pugnacious state of union gave wrong Louisiana vision
  • Trump plus 80 days: Jim Brown, Bernie Pinsonat talk US, Louisiana politics
  • Trump should be like Reagan, not like Bush

graves c 3Shades of Katrina?

    Is political partisanship raising its ugly head again in the face of another Louisiana disaster?  Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards thinks so.

    Edwards got some rough treatment from a congressional committee in Washington, D.C. when he testified before it recently about the state’s response to flood problems.

Read More

jbeWith equal parts pugnaciousness and disingenuousness, Democrat Gov. John Bel Edwards’ highly-politicized 2017 State of the State speech laid out a truly flawed vision for Louisiana going forward.

Read More

jim bernieIs Russia now our enemy, once again?

Did Donald Trump make the right move or was the latest attack, simply some wag the dog?

Read More

Iron nancy reagan 6n 1986, United States President Ronald Reagan authorized military aircraft to unleash a torrent of bombs in Tripoli, Libya to send a strong message to Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The attack was in response to Gaddafi’s involvement in the terrorist bombing of a Berlin disco that resulted in the death of American soldiers. 

Read More

latter-blum2

Sen. Appel talks budget, economy

TRUMP TALK

Dead Pelican

Optimized-DeadPelican2 1 1